Earlier this year I was fortunate to have my post “Lessons From My Daughter” published in Canadian Family magazine along with a team of fellow bloggers attending Blissdom Canada. As I am a fairly private individual, it was not easy to write, let alone have it published in a national magazine. I received a lot of feedback from other parents telling me that they too had preconceived gender roles when their child asked to changed sports (that made me feel so much better!).
Autumn is typically the time of year when parents are registering their children in extracurricular activities. If your child is telling you that they would like to try something new that is not “typical” for their gender, please have an open mind before you quickly say no. I think it’s awfully brave for boys to say they want to try gymnastics or figure skating or girls wanting to wrestle or play hockey. I imagine it can’t be easy for your tween to approach you with the idea to try something new that they know is more popular with kids of the opposite sex, so please don’t be so quick to shut down ideas. Rather, be proud that your son or daughter has the confidence to even want to try.
Honestly, I didn’t think that I was the type to say “that’s a boy thing”, but sadly I did. It’s amazing how your view of the world changes when it hits close to home. I couldn’t be more proud that my daughter was willing to walk away from a life she knew well knowing many friends to start embarking on a new one where she knew no one.
What activities does your tween participate in?
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About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.